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Application scientist Niels Palmer monitors a whey dryer in July 2015 at Glanbia’s research and development facility in Twin Falls. Concerted efforts to grow the food manufacturing community has resulted in several national awards for the area.

TWIN FALLS — Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization and Magic Valley towns received the Community Partnership Program Excellence Award Wednesday from the International City/County Management Association at ICMA’s Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Twin Falls, Jerome and Burley shared the award with SIEDO for their development and support of the organization.

Southern Idaho is one of the few regions in the country that works collaboratively in its economic development efforts. This region-wide partnership has proved to be appreciated by site selectors and business recruiters, getting support and assets of the whole region rather than individually by community.

“This award illustrates the benefit of communities collaborating together, especially in the highly competitive field of economic development,” Travis Rothweiler, Twin Falls city manager, said in a statement. “The City of Twin Falls has enjoyed significant success for the past several years, and that is due in large part to the relationships were are able to create with our partners.”

This regionalism has paid off substantially: Southern Idaho is the smallest and only the fourth region in the U.S. to receive national recognition from the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2015 as a Federal Manufacturing Community. Since the establishment of SIEDO in 2001, over 38 new and existing businesses have announced capital investments exceeding $1 billion to the region and the creation of more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs.

“The communities and men and women recognized this year set the standard for innovation, effectiveness, and creativity,” said ICMA executive director Bob O’Neill. “We thank them for their commitment to improving the lives of the constituents they serve every day.”

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